Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Saturday and Sunday

501 S. Oak St, California, MO | Fax: 573-796-6108 | Contact Us: 573-796-2642 or

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Location: Come visit us! We’re one block north of the stop light in California, Missouri (right across the street from City Hall) at 501 South Oak Street. See map.

Hours:  The library is open Monday-Friday. The library is open 26 hours per week to serve our patrons. Our hours on Monday and Wednesday, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday we are open from 2 to 6 p.m.  On Friday, we are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday.  Expanded hours will begin in January, 2018.

library cardGetting a Library Card:
residents of Moniteau County are currently able to obtain a library card free of charge with proof of residence.

  1. Create an account so you can log in to your personal library account information; all you need is your library card number. For more details about how you can access your account to check due date, renew items, place a hold on an item, etc., please contact the library for complete instructions or read below.

library logoHow Create a Personal Account to Access Your Library Information:

  1. Go to the Moniteau County Library home page. Click the “catalog” link on the left. You will see the same catalog page that you see when you use it at the library.
  2. Click on “Moniteau County Library” link in the middle of the page. Then look at the very top of the page in the right hand corner. You will see “Login” and “Create Account” links. Once you have set up an account, you can log in to Destiny (the name of the library software program) and your personal library page will display called “Destiny Quest“. On this page you can keep track of what you have read, what you are currently reading, and what you’d like to read in the future. There is more about what you can do in #5 below. You can see a help button (looks like ?) in the upper right corner to answer your questions.
  3. To find your specific library account information, go to the top of the page and click on “Exit Quest”. The page will look somewhat like the main catalog page. You will see tabs at the top - click on “My Info” to see what is on your account.
  4. If you have items checked out, you will be able to renew them by pressing the “renew” or “renew all” link. You will get another 12 days or two weeks loan as Sundays are not counted.
  5. If you want to reserve or place a book on hold, navigate back to your Destiny Quest page. To go back to Destiny Quest, click on the Tab “Catalog”. On the left side, you will see a “Destiny Quest” tab. In the center top box “Find”, type in the name of the item you want to borrow. Then press “Go”. You may have to look through multiple screens to find the item you want. Double click on the item and you will see information about the item that interests you. You will also see a box in the right hand corner letting you know if it is available (in) or out and several actions for you - put it on hold, put it on one of your lists, or you can make a recommendation for a friend.

computerPublic Access Computers: The library has 14 public access computers for patrons to use. They are equipped with Microsoft Office Suite and high speed internet service. All computers are connected to a printer which can print black & white or color pages. There is a charge of 25¢/page for B & W printing and $1.00/page for color printing. A daily guest computer pass is available for $1/day for non-patrons.

The library also has two early literacy stations that provide educational games appropriate for pre-readers and beginning readers. One of the stations is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and both are located in the children’s area.

WiFi Connection: You are welcome to visit the library with your laptop and use our wi-fi connection free of charge.

ink cartridges Recycle printer cartridges at the library: Bring your used printer cartridges (any brand) to the library for recycling. Staples will give the library credit when we turn in the used cartridges. That credit can be used to buy copy paper and other office supplies that the library needs. We greatly appreciate everyone who continues to bring in their toner and printer cartridges.


 Library Collections: We have a diverse collection of print and non-print materials available for patron use. These include:

  • 17,809 books, including children, adult, large print (both fiction and non-fiction)
  • 20 magazine subscriptions
  • 3 newspapers
  • 563 audio books
  • 1,069 DVDs and video tapes
  • 19,652 eBooks/digital audiobooks through MOLib2Go consortia
  • Numerous online databases with links under the ‘Resource’ tab

Look under the ‘Kids’, ‘Teens and Tweens’ and ‘Adult’ tabs on  the left for more details.

Donations: The library no longer accepts donations of books and media.  We simply do not have space and staff to handle all that we receive.  Watch the 'Upcoming Events' column for details for any "in house" sales of discarded library materials.

Do you know that recycling of old books is available behind California City Hall for the items that we will not accept? This is a wonderful service that our city provides.

snowflakeThe library’s winter weather policy: We will remain open if at all possible, however, if winter weather and poor road conditions require us to close, it  will be announced on KRLL, 1420 AM.  As a guide, if the California R-1 School District closes due to bad weather, the library will usually be closed.  However, the library may choose to be open if conditions in town allow it.


Upcoming Events

Winter Holiday Closings

The Moniteau County Library will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

Presidents's Day on
February 19, 2018 

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 Come check out a new, exciting way to choose what to read! Stop by our Blind Date with a Book display and read the very brief descriptions to make your selection. In each book, there is a Rate Your Date slip for you to fill out that will earn you a "sweet" treat just for trying. Also, each slip returned will earn you an entry into our Grand Prize Drawing of a $25 Amazon gift card! So what are you waiting for? Come in and choose your next date! 


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Get $45 worth of coupons for $10.00.  Every cent goes to the Moniteau County Library!  The card is good throughout 2018.

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 Stop by the library and get yours today!!!










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